The upsurge of Chinese gamblers in Manila has given rise to a new employment opportunity for rogue police. Photo: AFP

How rogue officers in the Philippines contract themselves out to Chinese loan sharks for kidnappings

  • The booming gambling industry in the Philippines has given rise to new opportunities for moonlighting officers
  • Chinese loan sharks have found a talented pool of Filipinos who provide services such as snatching victims and guarding them until ransom is paid
Topic |   The Philippines

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The upsurge of Chinese gamblers in Manila has given rise to a new employment opportunity for rogue police. Photo: AFP
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Raissa Robles

Raissa Robles

Raissa Robles has written for the SCMP since 1996. A freelance journalist specialising in politics, international relations, business and Muslim rebellion, she has contributed to Reuters, the Economist Intelligence Unit, Daily Mail, Times of London, Radio Netherlands and Asiaweek. She runs the award-winning investigative and opinion blog, raissarobles.com. Her book, Marcos Martial Law: Never Again, a brief history of the dictatorship won the 2017 National Book Awards for Non-Fiction. Her Twitter handle is @raissawriter.